October 16, 2023
NZ First back and fighting fit
New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says the party is set to be a vigorous force in the next parliament after again raising from the ashes.
The party secured 8 seats, taking 6.4 percent of the vote on election night.
He says the movement has rebuilt after 2020, when it got less than two and a half prercent of the vote.
This time it enjoyed the surge of support for smaller parties that came alongside the National blue wave.
“We went out there with our message and our kaupapa and it resonated. Obviously it’s enough for us to get back into parliament and whatever role New Zealand First plays, we will be a vigorous force in parliament,” Mr Jones says.
He says the result was a testament to the extraordinary staying power of party leader Winston Peters.